Ruwenzori National Park Travel Guide

  • Mountains of the Moon
    Mountains of the Moon
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  • Bottom of the Mountains of the Moon
    Bottom of the Mountains of the Moon
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  • Prepared for Trekking
    Prepared for Trekking
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Ruwenzori National Park Things to Do

  • Visit Glaciers on the Equator

    There is something surreal about standing on glaciers in equitorial Africa and looking down on tropical rainforest.You do not need considerable technical ability but you do need good equiptment, a guide and determination. The standard visit to the glaciers will take you 9 days although it might be worth adding an extra day for acclimatization.These...

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  • Climb the highest Mountains in Uganda

    Climb the highest mountains in Uganda. You need to organise a permit with the Ugandan Wildlife Autority. A standard package exists with a guide and 4 porters. Most of my other tips relate to how you can organise this.

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  • Acclimatization day Jaguar and Green...

    The standard itinery for trekking rushes through the Rwenzori.If you allow an extra day at Bjuku Hut for acclimatization you can visit the Green and Jaguar Lakes.Providing its not raining, the Green Lake provides excellent views of the Speke Glacier and Mount Stanley. The Jaguar Lake will give you views of the North Face of Stanley but also...

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Ruwenzori National Park Restaurants

  • by NEILHALLIDYA Written Apr 5, 2005

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    I stayed and ate in the Saad Hotel after visiting the Rwenzori Mountains.

    After all visits to the mountains you build up an enormous appetite but the food here was wholly uninspiring.

    The service does have a certain Fawlty Towers type of charm but for food I`d suggest you avoid and visit the street vendors on the main street.

    Favorite Dish: I had an omlete and greasy chips. Cheap and not that cheerfull.

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Ruwenzori National Park Nightlife

  • by NEILHALLIDYA Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Kasese is not a place I`d readilly recommend. Its a dusty, mosquito ridden, ex-mining town.

    However, its nightlife does have a certain equitorial charm. Bob Marley, bbq`d chicken and goat, and a few lazy bars on a veranda.

    Take your pick on any of the main bars. You can dance into the night.

    Dress Code: Casual

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Ruwenzori National Park Local Customs

  • Thank you - Economic Use

    The local mountain people, who will be your porters and guide, generally do speak English.Its worth understanding that there use of Thank You is slightly different to ours. They do use it but are much more economical than westerners tend to be.For example, if you offer a gift. They may accept with a slight bow of the head. But they may not say...

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  • Matoke and smoked goat

    The principal food stuff in the Rwenoris is Matoke (Plaintains). The best way to describe this to the western palate is savory banana this is boiled and served like potatoes.This can be served in a stew with smoked goat, groundnuts and local spices. This is the principal foodstuff eaten by your guide and porters.Its pleasant and definately worth...

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  • Matoke and smoked goat

    The principal food stuff of this area is Matoke (Plaintains). The best way to describe this to the western palate is savory banana this is boiled and served like potatoes.This can be served in a stew with smoked goat, groundnuts and local spices. This is the principal foodstuff eaten by your guide and porters.Its pleasant and definately worth...

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Ruwenzori National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Make Sure your Porters set off First

    This trip was in 1992 but could still apply. At least it makes sense to be sure your porters go first before you set off as then you know they are on their way with your tents and food. Also set off early so you don't have to climb so fast.We only climbed to the first stage of the Ruwenzoris and the hut where porters are hired was very busy. We...

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  • Security

    You might have heard that bandits/rebels are present in the Rwenzori area. At the time of writing this this was old news.Rebels were active in the late 1990s. But the area is currently safe. The landmines that were left have been cleared away.Each group of porters gets an armed park guard as assurance.

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Ruwenzori National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • by NEILHALLIDYA Written Mar 13, 2005

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    You are pretty mad. The whole place is as almost as of the beaten path as you can get. But respect to you.

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Ruwenzori National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Climbing in the Rwenzoris

    Unless you are exploring somewhere remote if you are climbing in the Rwenzoris you follow the Bujuke/Mubuku circuit and pay extra for days climbing. You pay the extra at Nyakalengija before you set out.I would suggest 1 extra acclimatization day at the Bujuku Hut - you can explore the Jaguar Lakes and Green Lake below Mount Speke.None of the main...

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  • Trekking the Bjuku and Mubuku circuit

    The traditional circuit trek in the Rwenzoris the Bujuku-Mubuku circuit takes 7 days and takes in the wild, and varied nature of the mountain range, without actually touching the glaciers.Currently, it costs $480 for the standard guide and 2 porters (who can carry 12.5 kgs each). Unless you want to pay extra you need to bring your own food and...

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  • Going it alone - where do you start

    I organised this trip on my own. You will need to organise a permit with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to visit the Rwenzori Area. The link provided will give you details of prices. This needs to be your starting point.I`d recommend pre-booking but expect them to ignore your e mails, phone calls and lose details of bank transfers. Be persitent,...

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  • Organised Trips - Western Companies

    A few western companies offer trips to this remote area. This will cost a lot more than organising yourself but the guide will deal with the negotiating hassles. And you are likely to get better food.I met a group from a company called KE Adventure half way through my trip. There trip was very well organised and the group was very happy. If you...

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  • Photography - its not easy

    This is one of the most beautiful places in the world but its is a difficult place to take photographs. Particularly landscape shots.There is an overabundance of vegetation. Unless you are really carefull this will "crowd" your shots. Try to keep things simple. (I didnt hence didnt always get the best results).Also, consider the cloud, rain and...

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